LUKU NGARRA: THE LAW OF THE LAND
LUKU NGARRA: The Law of the Land (2023) 75 mins
This is the extraordinary story of one Yolŋu man’s 45 year life journey fighting for the political and spiritual freedom of his people. Unflinching in his delivery, yet soft in his humanity - Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra has a confronting and urgent message for Australians and the world.
Filmed over 5 years in Northeast Arnhem Land and as a result of a 16 year friendship, Luku Ngarra - The Law of the Land is a confronting and intimate journey into the world of the Yolŋu First Nations of Australia.
The film will deeply challenge audiences' understanding of the Yolŋu world, the crisis currently facing remote Indigenous communities today, and offer a better way forward that upholds the dignity, respect and sovereignty of the oldest living culture in the world. It offers viewers a fascinating exploration of their customary law and how it has kept Yolngu people in balance with the environment and with each other for tens of thousands of years.
Its' director, Sinem Saban has been closely interwoven with the Yolŋu of Northeast Arnhem Land for more than 20 years, and directed the award-winning and groundbreaking documentary on Indigenous rights - Our Generation (2010).
'The wisdom and reverence of this incredible man and his people will deeply affect you for the rest of your life, as they have mine.' - Director, Sinem Saban